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Welcome to ReducePrescriptionCosts.com - a website dedicated to helping you reduce the high costs of prescription drugs. As you will see on the pages of this site, there are two main areas where you can save money on prescription drugs. One is by finding out ways to spend less on the prescription drugs that you need to take and the other is by reducing the amoount and/or number of prescription drugs you currently take. We look at a number of money saving opportunites under both these headings so you can try to maximize your savings in both areas.
For you to get the medication that you need at a price that you can afford, you need to take an active role in reducing the costs associated with the prescription drugs you take. There are a number of opportunites available to cut these drug costs if you take an active approach.
Pill Splitting Encouraged
The According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, UnitedHealth Group is offering patients up to $300 in annual prescription co-payment savings if they cut their prescription pills in half.
With pill splitting, a patient purchases pills at twice the prescribed dose and cuts them in half. Pill splitting can save money due to the way prescription drugs are manufactured and priced. Many prescription pills cost the same amount of money regardless of their dosage.
While the practice of pill splitting has long been used by uninsured patients to help reduce prescription costs, this is the first time that a health insurer is encouraging the practice with discounts. The prescription drug industry has maintained that the practice is unsafe, arguing that patients might not get the exact dose they need and some pills may not be effective if cut in half. They also raise concerns that elderly and disabled people may have trouble splitting pills correctly and thus get the incorrect dose. There are currently a number of devices on the market which have been developed to make the process of splitting pills easier and more precise.
Under the UnitedHealth program, only certain categories of pills that have been shown in published studies or other research to be safe to split qualify for the program. Patients are also required to receive permission from a doctor to split pills. This is to ensure patients who may have trouble accurately splitting pill are not allowed to do so.